Like any sport, having the right gear is essential. If you’re new to snowboarding you may be tempted to purchase cheaper equipment, but more expensive equipment has significant advantages; high-end products offer more control, resulting in fewer falls.
You should choose a board which best suits your height and weight. Experienced sales people can help you consider the options. A large board is more difficult to control and steer than a smaller board, however a small board also presents control problems at greater speeds. Good boots are also important. Several styles are available, but the best choice for beginners is step-in boots, which are easy to slip into and remove.
Before you get out on the slopes, determine which stance feels good to you. Regardless of whether you put your left foot or your right foot forward, choose what feels comfortable and consult an expert if you’re not sure. If you have surfed before, you may have already found a comfortable stance.